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Canadian ambassador to visit Mississippi

Posted 10/29/2012 in State

The Canadian ambassador to the United States will be in Mississippi on Wednesday.



AP Analysis: Suit bodes ill for child care expansion

Posted 10/29/2012 in State

It seems crazy that to get the state Department of Human Services to negotiate with them, Mississippi's child-care providers had to sue the agency.



Can true solitude be found in a wired world?

Posted 10/29/2012 in National

When was the last time you were alone, and unwired? Really, truly by yourself. Just you and your thoughts -- no cellphone, no tablet, no laptop.


Facebook used to kidnap, traffic Indonesian girls

Posted 10/29/2012 in National

When a 14-year-old girl received a Facebook friend request from an older man she didn't know, she accepted it out of curiosity. It's a click she will forever regret, leading to a brutal story that has repeated itself as sexual predators find new ways to exploit Indonesia's growing obsession with social media.

Survivors criticize Myanmar gov't over clashes

Posted 10/29/2012 in National

Survivors of ethnic clashes in western Myanmar lashed out at the government today for failing to prevent violence between Muslims and Buddhists that has displaced more than 28,000 people over the last week.


Storm in spotlight in campaign's final full week

Posted 10/29/2012 in National

The presidential race's final full week was devolving into a scheduling nightmare as President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney grappled with how to push on with campaigning while a massive storm churned toward the East Coast.


The Romney effect: Campaign sheds light on Mormonism

Posted 10/28/2012 in Area

When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney traveled through Mississippi earlier this year, he used grits, football and "y'all" to connect with voters, but in the heart of the Bible Belt, many Southerners were more interested in the religious beliefs of the first Mormon candidate for the nation's highest office.

In Starkville, it was a hard night to 'believe'

Posted 10/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It was a little after 8 p.m. Saturday and Natalie Spencer was still believing.


Doctor looks to rebuild practice after being cleared of drug charges

Posted 10/28/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A local doctor is speaking out after being cleared of federal charges earlier this week.



Starkville teacher arrested

Posted 10/28/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville High School history teacher Jason Lernard Young has been suspended with pay, pending a review of the police reports from his Oct. 21 arrest, Starkville School District officials confirmed Friday.



Report examines expanding health business in Miss.

Posted 10/27/2012 in State

Mississippi needs to produce more physicians and provide incentives for them to work in rural areas, says a new report that focuses on expanding the business of health care in one of the poorest, sickest states in the nation.



Marines, police prep for mock zombie invasion

Posted 10/27/2012 in National

Move over vampires, goblins and haunted houses, this kind of Halloween terror aims to shake up even the toughest warriors: An untold number of so-called zombies are coming to a counterterrorism summit attended by hundreds of Marines, Navy special ops, soldiers, police, firefighters and others to prepare them for their worst nightmares.



Romney woos Florida early vote; Obama eyes NH

Posted 10/27/2012 in National

Juggling politics and storm preparations, Mitt Romney dangled a plea for bipartisanship before early voters in Florida on Saturday as Barack Obama worked to nail down tiny New Hampshire's four electoral votes.


Superstorm threat launches mass evacuations

Posted 10/27/2012 in National

Forget distinctions like tropical storm or hurricane. Don't get fixated on a particular track. Wherever it hits, the rare behemoth storm inexorably gathering in the eastern U.S. will afflict a third of the country with sheets of rain, high winds and heavy snow, say officials who warned millions in coastal areas to get out of the way.


AP poll: Majority harbor prejudice against blacks

Posted 10/27/2012 in National

Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the United States elected its first black president, an Associated Press poll finds, as a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward blacks, whether they recognize those feelings or not.



Vote looms to amend Ala. constitution

Posted 10/27/2012 in Area

Segregation ended decades ago in Alabama, swept away by the civil rights marchers who faced down police dogs and fire hoses in the early '60s. But segregation is still mandated by the state's constitution, and voters on Nov. 6 will get only their second chance in years to eliminate an anachronism that still exists on paper.



Syrian toddler believed dead reunited with parents

Posted 10/27/2012 in National

No one knows how long little Bushr Al Tawashi wandered alone in the rubble of his home in the Syrian capital before rebel fighters found the toddler and handed him over to another family to look after.



Final countdown: Indecisive voters torn over issues

Posted 10/27/2012 in National

Who are these people who still can't make up their minds? They're undecided voters like Kelly Cox, who spends his days repairing the big rigs that haul central California's walnuts, grapes, milk and more across America.


MSU chaplain tends football flock

Posted 10/26/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It only happens every once in a while, but, inevitably, every few weeks it comes up. During football season, there is no escaping it. They all want to know the same thing -- is Bill Buckley having an influence on Dan Mullen?

Columbus Schools tackle bullying with new tool

Posted 10/26/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than 160,000 children missed school today. But though they can run, they cannot hide. Eventually, they will have to return to the classroom, where their tormentor waits.


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